No hot older man, no crazy flat-mate, no starring in a day-time hospital TV drama.
You ever feel like life isn’t turning out how you expected?
“The One Where I Forget Where I Live”
If writers were writing my life, as they write Dr Drake Ramorays, I feel like something BIG would have happened by now. Your twenties can often feel like that. Being perpetually stuck in the first twenty minutes of a film. Awaiting the train crash of the first act, which determines what your life will be:
Comedy, Tragedy, Romance… History?
And then you find plays and films are the exception not the rule. For all their caricatures, overly stylised witty banter, and forced situations – it’s the sitcoms that are really close to life. Tiny problems writ large over a backdrop of gradual change. Day to day living lightened by moments of humour with friends. Truly, these are the Days of Our Lives…
But if that’s so HOW CAN FRIENDS™ NOT BE MATCHING MY LIFE?! It feels like ages since we’ve had one of those glorious coincidences that make this project feel worthwhile.
But, alas, I have no control. Unlike the Days of Our Lives writers, I am unable to manufacture the high drama of a hidden half-sibling, or to drop my Real Live Friends down a lift-shaft as revenge for them insulting me.
Eddie: “You had sex with her didn’t you?”
Oh wait, no he is crazy…
Adam Goldberg (previously of Saving Private Ryan™) does a wonderful job with Intense Eddie, making him one of the most memorable minor Friends™ characters. I wondered what he’d been up to since and was surprised to find he played a different (though no less intense) character in Joey™.
We’ll have to see if I feel up for watching Joey™ seven and a half years from now…
Joey is, of course, the most promiscuous friend, but T.O.W.D.R.D. also hints at Monica’s promiscuity. She’s not the only one shocked to find Richard’s only been with two people. That is pretty tragic Richard…
My partner and I had a similar conversation about who we’d slept with at the start of our relationship. Fortunately we’re about the same. Number, I mean. Not the same people.
Maybe if Richard had had sex with more than two women he’d have the savvy to bring his own protection? They declare their love for each other (aw) and Monica heads to the bathroom for a condom (ew). Only to find Rachel in a similar predicament – and only one condom.
If you were in the mood, wouldn’t finding out your friend was about to have sex with your brother ruin it somewhat?
Real Live Sitcom Moment:
My best mate just came round to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens™ (4 Stars).
It’s been so long since anyone’s been to mine I forgot my house number and gave him the wrong one!
In a sitcom this could have been a whole episode. Him getting lost and meeting wacky characters (our neighbours are definitely pretty wacky…) but instead the problem was quickly fixed thanks to our phones.
I’ve noticed before how smart-phones interfere with sit-com plots.
It must be impossible being a modern day sit-com writer!